Senior Bug In Preparation Is Essential

example of senior bug in preparation by a woman

If you are a senior (or someone that is disabled) and don’t have family or friends that you can rely on in an emergency, then it’s time for you to think about senior bug in preparation. What do you need to have in your house that will help you be comfortable, safe and self-reliant?

Senior Bug In Preparation

As we look into what items would be advisable for seniors or disabled individuals to have on hand, keep in mind that you do not have to run out and purchase everything at once and don’t fall for hype, especially if you are new at bugging in! Pace yourselves and only get what you can afford.

8 Items Prepare to Bug In recommends

So let’s get into what Prepare to Bug In would recommend in order of importance.

  1. First in our list is charge your smartphone before an emergency – and keep it charged! You can’t communicate with others if you cannot call out.
  2. The second item is to have a first aid kit that is easily accessible. A first aid bag could save your life! But don’t just start throwing things into your bag. Think about what is going to be useful to you. For example, I have included here a short list that you should consider putting in your senior bug in preparation bag.
  • First aid items (a detailed list can be found in our article that a first aid bag can save your life mentioned earlier.

  • Prescription Medicines (It would be wise to get an epinephrine pen (EpiPen) prescription from your doctor. You can use this in an emergency to treat very serious allergic reactions to insect stings/bites, foods, drugs, or other substances.
  • Extra pair of eye glasses
  • Important papers including copies of credit card numbers along with the expiration dates, name on the card, and the phone number to call if your cards get destroyed. Don’t forget to include any licenses you might have for you or your pets (state license or rabies certificate). You might also need a list of passwords that you may need, not only for your smartphone, but also for essential accounts that you need to access.
  • Over the Counter items (OTC)
    • Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and perhaps even aspirin
    • Anti-diarrhea medication
    • Cough and cold medications
    • Relief for indigestion, heart burn, or dyspepsia
    • Antihistamine tablets


Bug in safety is essential. You need to have items that you need in one convenient place. You want to be able to grab them in a hurry.

Once again, I want to stress that it is critical that you include items that are going to apply to YOU and any medical conditions you might have; so customize your senior bug in preparation bag to suit your needs. Mayo Clinic has an article that I believe you will find helpful in making sure you include everything you should.

More Senior Bug In Preparation Items to Consider

  1. Stock up on water for you and your pets for at least 72 hours, at a minimum
  2. You are going to get hungry. Do you have enough food on hand for both you and your pets? As much as possible, this should be food that you are already accustomed to. What will happen if you don’t? You could take a chance of getting sick if you haven’t tried out alternative foods.
  3. Extra blankets. Believe it or not, blankets can be used if it’s cold or hot. They will keep you warm in severe cold. Or you can wet down them and hang them in a doorway to help keep you cool. If you have a couple of fans on hand, that will help keep you cool also.
  4. An extra change of clothes
  5. Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  6. Flashlights and lots of batteries!!!! You may also want lanterns. Using empty gallon water jugs and headlamps are a lot safer than using candles.

Prepping should be a way of life for everyone, especially for seniors and handicapped individuals. You can and should practice senior bug in preparation every chance you get. You can do it economically and don’t have to do it all at once. However, now is the time to start!

Updated 4/3/2024

Prepare to Bug In is a subsidiary of Borlok Virtual Assistants, LLC. Our mission is to learn as much as we can about bugging in and survival techniques. Then we pass that information on to our readers. Enjoy!

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